Post-classical history

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation

Starting A.D. 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the ‘Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today. Including all the latest research, A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons is a fascinating assessment of a vital historical period.


Introduction: An Idea of Early England

Chapter 1. Invaders and Settlers: Beginnings to the Early 600s

Chapter 2. Southern Kingdoms, AD 600–800

Chapter 3. Northumbria: The Star in the North

Chapter 4. The Mercian Sphere

Chapter 5. Apostles of Germany

Chapter 6. Alcuin of York and the Continuing Anglo-Saxon Presence on the Continent

Chapter 7. Viking Raiders, Danelaw, ‘Kings’ of York

Chapter 8. The Wessex of Alfred the Great

Chapter 9. Literature, Learning, Language and Law in Anglo-Saxon England

Chapter 10. The Hegemony of Wessex: The English Kingdom and Church Reforms

Chapter 11. Danish Invasions and Kings: Æthelred ‘Unraed’, Cnut the Great and Others

Chapter 12. Edward the Confessor, the Conquest and the Aftermath

Appendix 1: The Bayeux Tapestry

Appendix 2: The Death of Harold and His Afterlife?

Appendix 3: Royal Writing Office or Chancery?


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